BEST Long Lasting Foundations for Wedding Makeup

Good morning/afternoon y’all, can you believe it’s already MID November?!

It’s so interesting to see how quickly time flies, but we hope that you’re achieving the goals you set out for yourself this month as well as this year.

Let’s talk long wear makeup! Imagine it being your wedding day and after hours of everyone getting ready and beautified, no one’s makeup lasts even up to the ceremony! The last thing that you want to be stressing over on your wedding day is your makeup not holding up as it should, and with Charleston weather, it’s really important to be prepared for all of the elements. This week we’re bringing you some info about some of the best long lasting foundations to keep you feeling your best through getting ready, pictures, the ceremony, and past the reception. Keep reading to get the details!

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

WE LOVE THIS PRODUCT!! If you’re looking for makeup that’s going to not only long wearing, but that is perfect for outside weddings, this is the foundation for you!! This foundation offers excellent coverage, and does not budge one bit. It also is a very inclusive product, boasting a total of 50 shades for beauties of all tones. Though it’s marketed to those with oily skin, this foundation works wonders for all skin types as well. It’s definitely worth noting that this foundation is transfer proof and is very similar to airbrush makeup!

2. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

This foundation is incredible! This product also has a very inclusive shade range, and in fact was recently revamped in collaboration/partnership with YouTuber Jackie Aina. As stated in the graphic above, this makeup will last you about 12 hours, leaving plenty of time for you to dance the day/night away and enjoy our beautiful Charleston weather! You won’t experience any flashback with this foundation either, making it perfect for when you have photos done. This is a great product for our oily gals!

3. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

This is another product that is absolutely wonderful if you’re looking for makeup that lasts all day! While this foundation in particular doesn’t have quite the extensive shade range as the previously mentioned products, it does have something for almost everyone and is relatively easy to shade match through other means. Similar to the others, this foundation is also medium to full coverage, and lasts up to 16 hours! If you’re looking for a foundation that itself neutralizes discoloration in the skin, this is the one for you, though we do recommend that you follow up with a concealer if necessary.

Did any of these products stand out to you? Have you heard of or tried any of these out yourself? With just enough time until Black Friday, be sure to snag one or some of these foundations to try them out!

Continuing Education and How it Affects You!

Hey there y’all, we hope that Thursday is treating you well!!

Our Owner and Lead Stylist Jasmine is currently in Las Vegas, Nevada, furthering her education at the Wedding MBA Convention! If you’ve followed us for a bit then by now you know that somehow all of our posts tie in together, and as we’ve previously talked about in the past, perfecting our craft not only positively impacts us, but YOU the client as well.

Not only is it required of us to take Continuing Education classes as cosmetologists, but it is extremely beneficial for us to do so. There are so many different techniques, as well as trends that come and go in this industry, and it’s super important for us to immerse ourselves in this knowledge and apply it to our own business. There is nothing better than having the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry, and being able to learn tips and tricks to better serve your clientele. We do as much as we can to keep ourselves up to date with what’s new and are constantly practicing to make your experience as amazing as possible!

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No harm comes from perfecting your craft. As previously mentioned, not only does practicing/taking classes/etc. help us improve our technique but also helps us with our timing so that we can continue the timely manner in which we beautify our clients! Making it so that you are able to spend more time on what matters, enjoying your big day!

We are so excited to hear about how amazing and inspiring the Wedding MBA Convention was when Jasmine gets back, and cannot wait to use what she’s learned to further enhance your experience. We appreciate you all and hope that y’all have a rockin’ weekend, until next week!

Top 3 Products to Repair Damaged Hair

Happy Thursday y’all, we hope that you had a fun and safe Halloween!

Whether you’re color treated, chemically treated or have overly processed hair, we all know what it’s like to deal with damaged locks. But no one wants to have damaged hair on their big day!! With it being the time of year where the air gets drier, it’s important to take necessary steps to keep your hair hydrated and healthy! Not sure of what products to start with? No worries, we’re providing you with three of our favorite product picks for repairing damaged hair. You can find the products listed below at any Sephora, Ulta, Target, or drug store. If you’re ready to have your hair looking it’s best for your wedding day, keep reading!!

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1. It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product

The proof is in the label, this product is a miracle!! It’s A 10 has amazing key ingredients that are key to your hair’s nourishment, like sunflower seed and green tea extracts, silk amino acids, Vitamin C and more! This product repairs damaged dry hair, adds shine, and smooths and controls frizz. It also seals as well as protects your hair color, is a detangler, prevents split ends and hair breakage, creates silkiness, enhances natural body, AND is a flat iron & thermal protector.

Did we mention it’s great for all hair types?!

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2. Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector

It’s the product that we all know and love!! Most hair stylists as well as us LOVE this product, and often recommend it to clients to integrate it into their hair routines. Olaplex is also great for all hair types, but should definitely be your best friend if your hair is color/chemically treated! The No. 3 Hair Perfector is super concentrated, and works to strengthen your hair from the inside out to help prevent breakage.

Keep in mind that this product is a treatment not a daily conditioner, so try to only use this on a weekly basis depending on your hair’s needs!

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3. Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask

Last, but certainly not least, is this amazing mask by Moroccanoil. This deeply hydrating hair mask is perfect for ladies with medium to thick hair!! Not only does it add moisture back in to your hair but it repairs elasticity as well! If you follow us on Instagram, you likely saw us talk about the benefits of hair masks for Wedding Tip Wednesday. Masks like this one are the perfect weekly treatment for those days when you just want to relax and treat yourself!

Which product are you looking forward to trying before you say ‘I do’?

Why (Not) Alter Image?!

Hey y’all! How’s this Thursday treating you?

Engaged and still searching for the right Glam Squad for you? We’re here to help! If you’d like to know more about the experience we provide here at Alter Image, keep reading below. Be sure to visit our previous posts, as well as our Instagram @alterimagecharleston, to see some shots and sneak peeks of our work!

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What Makes Us Different

When you book with Alter Image, you will have a pleasant and stress-free experience from the time you first reach out to us! Not only is it simple to contact us to book/send us inquiries, but we will take the time to ensure all of your questions are answered promptly. We aim to please, and if there’s anything that we can do to help, just let us know! Whether it’s questions about where to start looking for vendors, or even concerns you may have regarding your wedding day look, visit our contact page and we’ll get back to you in a flash.

To piggyback off of our previous point, we make sure to keep an open line of communication. We love to coordinate times with you, your planner and your photographer(s), to guarantee that you as well as your party’s services are completed within enough time for you to do what you need to do! No need to stress over being ready on time for getting ready photos, we’ve got you covered!

Everything that we do, we do in a timely manner! We also provide our clients with a timeline of services, so that everyone (stylists, bridesmaids, photographers, etc.) is aware of what services need to be completed within what time frames. What’s better than being able to spend quality time with your loved ones and to enjoy the getting ready process without having to worry about who should be in who’s chair next?! Grab that mimosa and chat with your girls!

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We Take a Limited Number of Bookings (Per Year!)

As mentioned in this portion of the blog’s title, we only take a limited amount of bookings each year! Right now we cap it off at 51 weddings per year, so if you’d like to secure your space, act fast! We love answering questions and providing help where we can, so if there’s any additional information that you need, visit our Contact Us page.

We always suggest booking in advance when possible, and we will be having a slight price increase effective after November 30th, 2018. So if you’d like to lock in your 2019 wedding date, trial date, etc. at our 2018 prices, reach out to us ASAP!! Again, we only take a limited amount of bookings per year, so jump on it if you don’t want to miss out!

As previously stated, the best way to contact us is by visiting our Contact Us page, at the top of our website. This is especially the best point of contact for appointment bookings, as well as general pricing inquiries. So what’re you waiting for? Head over to that page and let’s have a chit chat! We look forward to hearing from you, and hope that y’all have an amazing weekend. Until next time!

The Importance of Perfecting Your Craft

Hey y’all, happy Thursday!! Have you had time to reflect yet today?

This week we wanted to talk about how important it is to take time to perfect your craft. Whether you’re a hairstylist, florist, photographer, etc. you should always be doing something to further your skills. If you know us or have been following us for a while, you know that we’ve always got our hands in hair and makeup!

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We love doing training sessions for our team, and the pictures for today’s blog are from the previous session led by Jasmine for our stylist Shelby! Even if it’s just taking a few minutes each day to stay on top of the latest trends, immersing yourself in the industry you’re in will keep you inspired and eager to broaden your skills. You can always learn something, so let’s make the most of our screen time!

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Taking the time to perfect your craft not only allows you to expand your knowledge, but also gives you the opportunity to tweak your techniques! By having some extra tips in your bag, you’ll be able to answer more of your client’s questions, and maybe even be able to better direct them when it comes to knowing what they want. And as if it couldn’t get any better, practicing often helps with timing, so you’ll be able to do more in less time! Score!! So what are you waiting for? Get to practicing, and let us know your favorite way to perfect your craft!!

On Location at Thomas House and Garden!

Hey there, happy Thursday everyone!

This past Monday we had the privilege of going back to Thomas House and Garden in Ridgeway, SC to work on an amazing shoot with Heather Benge, the founder of Styled Shoots of America! This gorgeous venue, owned by Jessica Drew, also of Jessica Drew Photography, is one we were so excited to return to!

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We’re so thrilled that we were able to travel back to Ridgeway earlier this week! It is such a cute town, and we’re so obsessed with Thomas House and Garden! Not only is this venue beautiful, but the natural light y’all…GORGEOUS! It was such a pleasure working with so many wonderful photographers and vendors, and to get to travel back to such a breathtaking place!

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At this styled shoot, both Jasmine and Shelby did hair and makeup for each model! The look for this shoot was very soft and natural. Jasmine created a look for Kennedy Kapanzhi, and Shelby a look for Ashton Crow. Kennedy wore a beautiful, low messy bun, and Ashton wore a beautiful and boho inspired half-up half-down style.

It was so much fun to see so many creative people in one space! We got to work with some amazing vendors, and got a glimpse at an awesome floral workshop in action. Thomas House and Garden is seriously such an amazing place y’all, and we’re so eager for you to see how the pictures turned out! Head over to our Instagram and Facebook if you haven’t already to see some gorgeous photos!

Why You Need to Hire a Glam Squad

Happy Thursday y’all! This week we’re taking a break from our new, “What’s Your Why?” Stylist Spotlight series, and diving into the benefits of hiring a Glam Squad for your wedding day or next big event! You’ve seen and heard about them on Instagram and other social hubs, so what is all the hype about?!

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Photo Credits:

Jenna Grace Photography

Planning: Emma Allen Photography and Sara Beach Photography

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Styled Well Boutique

Models: Ashton Crow and Patted Drake

No Driving/Worry About Travel

One of the best perks of hiring a Glam Squad is that you don’t have to worry about driving to your appointment, let alone leaving the house! You can find comfort in knowing that your comfort is your Glam Squad’s priority, so kick back, relax, and enjoy your favorite drink while you get pampered!

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We Bring the Glam to You!

To piggyback off of the previous point, another great aspect of hiring a Glam Squad is that the glam is brought to you! Rest assured with the knowledge that your Glam Squad will be travelling your way, further helping to make your day hassle free.

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Photo Credits:

Candi Leonard Photography

Charleston Society Hall

Models: Lauren Kesmodel

We Provide Enough Stylists for a Timely Finish

We’ve got the power — Woman power that is! When you book us as your Glam Squad, we make sure to schedule enough stylists to ensure that yours, as well as your bridesmaids’/others in your party’s services are completed on time. Trust that things will be done quickly, correctly, and you’ll have an amazing look to last you all day!!

  Photo Credits:   Candi Leonard Photography  Charleston Society Hall  Models: Lauren Kesmodel

Photo Credits:

Candi Leonard Photography

Charleston Society Hall

Models: Lauren Kesmodel

We Provide Timelines

One of the other perks from booking Alter-Image for your Glam Squad is that we provide a timeline of services for you, so you are able to see who will be getting what services done at what time. Not only does this keep things organized for you and your stylists, but it also eliminates the issue of figuring out who should go first the day of! This will help things run more smoothly, and allow for more quality time between you and your bridal party.

  Photo Credits:   Candi Leonard Photography  Charleston Society Hall  Models: Lauren Kesmodel and Clay Reynolds

Photo Credits:

Candi Leonard Photography

Charleston Society Hall

Models: Lauren Kesmodel and Clay Reynolds

We Make Things Stress Free!

Lastly, hiring a Glam Squad helps to make things stress free!! The last thing that you want to worry about the day of your wedding day is whether or not you and your bridal party’s services will be completed in time, as well as having to make sure that everyone’s looks flow. By hiring a Glam Squad, you can lessen, if not eliminate, these issues and spend your time thinking about and doing what matters: enjoying yourself!!

Convinced that you need an All-Star team to prepare you for your big day? Be sure to contact us for more information, and if you are a 2019 bride keep in mind that you can still secure your dates for 2018 prices through November 30, 2018! After that date we will be having a slight price increase, so get this deal while you can. Until next time!

Congrats!

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Wedding Week!

Well Hey There!, Our Week went amazing and we hope yours did as well. Check out what Fun Wedding Adventures we had this Week Through out the Town!


Trial Runs!

We started of Thursday Right! with 2 Wedding Trials for this Weeks Saturday and Sunday Wedding. Having a Photo of the image of Hair or Makeup that your wanting for your Wedding Day is crucial to a smooth running Wedding Timeline. The Ladies I met with this Week planned ahead to ensure the ultimate level of relaxation for the moments they have before her first look!

 How amazing is Meghan’s Hair and Her Hair Candy is the best. Your Hair deserves to shine as well right?  My Team and I had a great time at the Dewberry in Charleston, SC with her Bridal Party. Its always a great Wedding day when the Bride and Bridal party gets done On Time even better when we got them done early!

How amazing is Meghan’s Hair and Her Hair Candy is the best. Your Hair deserves to shine as well right?

My Team and I had a great time at the Dewberry in Charleston, SC with her Bridal Party. Its always a great Wedding day when the Bride and Bridal party gets done On Time even better when we got them done early!

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Are you following our Instagram? AlterImageCharleston

We post tons on our Instagram of Client Set Ups Before and After’s and other fun stuff. Go and Follow us to see what we did today!

Today we woke up early for our Bride who had a 5:45am Hair and Makeup Start Time for her Wedding on a Cruise Boat! (Insert Heart Emojis) We got all of her Ladies Done right on Time to make it to boarding. We had so much fun during her Trial Run an I was in love with her adorable baby boy who is now my best friend lol.

 

We Wrapped the Day up with a Super Fun Session for a Boudoir Shoot at The MellBell Studio! Lindsey was not afraid of color she told me that she loves a good Smokey Eye. We did a Gold Glitter Smokey Eye with Lash Clusters and Textured and Teased Sultry Hair which is perfect for Boudoir.

 The focus for Lindsey’’s Makeup today was to make her gorgeous Blue Eyes pop and if I don't say so myself I think her eyes are totally Popping!

The focus for Lindsey’’s Makeup today was to make her gorgeous Blue Eyes pop and if I don't say so myself I think her eyes are totally Popping!

Sunday!

So excited to be waking up early in the a.m tomorrow to head up to Hilton Head for a gorgeous Wedding. Stay Tuned in to our Instagram Story to see some sneak peeks!

Wedding Highlights: Nicole & Nate

Welcome back!! September is upon us, and with this new month we bring you some of the dreamiest wedding highlights from our bride Nicole and her husband Nate's wedding!!

Couple Details: Nicole and Nate started dating after realizing that they both shared the same love for old school cars!! (How CUTE are those Beetles?!) The bride's dress was her grandmother's, and she had it altered to her liking. 

We worked with this wonderful couple a couple of weeks ago and are super excited to share these photos with y'all. It was an absolute pleasure working with them, they're so sweet! Take a peek and tell us which photo is your favorite!!

Planner: Direct My Day

Photographers: The Wedding Click

Venue: The Lake House at Bulow

Makeup: Alter-Image, Jasmine Jones

Hair: Alter-Image, Shelby Colclough

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Sultry Bridal Makeup

Sultry Traditional Bridal Makeup. Sultry Makeup on Model Emily for our Bridal Shoot at the Beautiful Charleston, Sc  Wedding Venue Old Wide Awake Plantation! Here is a shoot our Owner took in their adorable Bridal Suite upstairs!

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Prep!

Moisturizer- Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

Primer- Benefit The Porefessional Matte Rescue

Eyes-  Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

Under Eye Concealer-Mac Conceal/Correct Palette (Light) Pale Yellow

Foundation- Graftobian Sunrise Flush

Powder-Ben Nye

Brows- Viseart

Eye Primer- Urban Decay

Eye Shadow Pallet- Tartelette in Bloom

  • Firecracker & Funny Girl-Lid
  • Smarty Pants-Crease
  • Leader-Outer V
  • Brow Bone Flower Child

Blush-Tarte Love

Bronzer- Mac Refined Golden

Translucent Powder- YSL

Lip-Mac Faux

Eye Liner -Ultra Smooth Gel Eyeliner

Lashes-Clusters

 

Tell us Below in the comments what your favorite lip gloss or lipstick brand is?

 

 

Product Spotlight!

It may be a gloomy day in Charleston, but we're still feeling the inspiration from this gem!! 

As much fun as it is to get super glam, it's also important to feel like YOU on your big day. After all, makeup is about enhancing your natural beauty! Well, whether you're more of a matte gal or you'd prefer to be a liiittle extra by adding a pop of shimmer, this palette does it all! Enter: The Tartelette in Bloom Palette.

The Tartelette In Bloom palette boasts twelve different neutral shades, varying in both matte and shimmer finishes, infused with Amazonian clay to prevent chalkiness. This palette is perfect for a natural, brightening look to help give you that special glow on your wedding day!

So, do you prefer a little shimmer, or would you rather go matte?

Photographer- GracePaulPhotography

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